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Time to celebrate: International Women’s Day

It’s time to celebrate the many wonderful, beautiful and varied achievements and challenges of women in our world today.

This year’s International Women’s Day (March 8th) remembers the significant Beijing roadmap signed 20 years ago that set the agenda for 189 governments in realizing’ women’s rights. The theme of this year’s event is to remember the hurdles that have been surmounted but to recognise those that lie ahead, with the idea of imagining what an equitable world might be for women. The theme therefore is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”

And with that in mind here are some images to inspire and uplift you of what women do around the world in their role as mothers, workers, creative artists, sisters and carers, but also to challenge us that women’s rights and gender equality still need our attention and that we should all seek for a world where women and girls have the choice of being involved in politics, being educated, generating an income and living a life free of violence or discrimination.

Note: Some of these images were taken by women in my Cameras for Asia classes and included in order to recognise and celebrate their talents. To see more images of women in my database go to this link.

For facts and details about the struggle of women around the world here are some great links:
UN factsheet about International Women’s Day with critical areas of concern
Infographic about women’s literacy and education


A woman working at one of the brick factories in the Kathmandu Valley.

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Cameras for Asia: India part 2

The Cameras for Asia program recently visited India, taking the program to three different centres around the country. Three posts will be published in the coming days on all three centres.

Read part 1 here.
Read part 3 here (link will become active when the post is published).

Mallika, Hyderabad (India)

Women's photography group at the markets. Don't be fooled by the serious expressions - they had the time of their lives.

Women’s photography group at the markets. Don’t be fooled by the serious expressions – they had the time of their lives as they had never been on an excursion before in their lives.

Mallika is a sewing cooperative in Hyderabad and run by Nireekshena, a clinic that provides medication, counselling and other services to those that are HIV positive. The women at Mallika are either HIV+ or someone in their family is. Many have children, struggle financially to make ends meet and may suffer the side effects of medication. They had little or no experience with cameras and lacked confidence going out in public taking photographs, but over the course of the week their skills and confidence grew in spades and their joy at discovering new talents was infectious and wonderful to behold. Six cameras were donated to Mallika. Read more

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Film review: Girl Rising

Girl Rising is an inspirational new film that recounts the desire and struggle of nine young girls around the world to seek an education. These girls from countries like Nepal, Peru, Haiti, Egypt, India and Afghanistan face some incredible barriers – bonded labour, extreme poverty, early marriage or even the destruction of their school after an earthquake.

Girl Rising is a kind of docudrama with powerful tales about hardship in the quest for education. It’s beautifully and cleverly shot with superb narration by actresses like Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. More than anything you come away wondering why you ever lamented an exam, a class, or the chance to learn, but forever grateful that you’re parents didn’t sell you for the chance to buy a car or have a better life themselves.

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Celebrating women on International Women’s Day

Every March 8 women, and men, celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to the world on International Women’s Day. While there is still a long way to go towards gender equality, there have been some positive movements in that struggle, while the day was also used to highlight causes that still need addressing. Read more

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Photo Gallery: Celebrating Mother's Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and in the vein of celebrating mothers, here are some images from around the world that show us how important they are everywhere.

Bhutanese woman and child Near Bhumtang valley. This lady was with a group of women waiting out the rain near a monastery so their children would not get wet.

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